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Smackdown: CM Punk¿s shaved head cloaked in secrecy

CM Punk proved that not only is he better than you, but he's smarter than you, too, as the question of what he looks liked bald remained unanswered after Friday night's episode of Smackdown.

Punk, who had his head shaved after losing to Rey Mysterio at last Sunday's Over the Limit pay-per-view, entered the ring for his match against Kane with a towel covering his head. After a dramatic pause, Punk ripped the towel off to expose his new look – a black mask.

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I had considered the possibility of Punk wearing a mask to conceal his bald head, but I discounted the notion because I figured he would appear even creepier and more demented than usual if he was bald. It has been said that Punk's character is modeled in part after infamous cult leader Charles Manson, and I think Manson became more frightening-looking after he shaved his head.

With that being said, however, I'm not complaining about Punk wearing a mask. By seemingly getting his comeuppance at the pay-per-view but still finding a way to deny the fans the satisfaction of seeing him bald, Punk is able to maintain his heat and perhaps even add to it.

Other thoughts on Friday's show:

The lineup for the world heavyweight title match at the Fatal Fourway pay-per-view on June 20 is set. It will be champion Jack Swagger, The Big Show, Punk and The Undertaker. Big Show got in by virtue of remaining the No. 1 contender after his disqualification win over Swagger at Over the Limit. Punk and Undertaker won qualifying matches over Kane and Mysterio, respectively. …

The main event between Undertaker and Mysterio was good but not at the level of their match at the Royal Rumble four months ago. Just as in that match, Undertaker suffered a bad nosebleed, most likely from getting nailed in the face by Mysterio's kneebrace on the 619. By the way, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Mysterio is going to be taking a few weeks off. ...

The Punk-Kane match wasn't good, and the finish was botched badly. Punk and Kane just could not pull off the GTS, which was the planned finish. After a very sloppy attempt at it – which the fans booed – Punk made the cover anyway and pinned Kane for the win. Since Smackdown is taped, I wondered why WWE didn't just have Punk do it a second time and edit out the first one. According to The Wrestling Observer, Punk and Kane actually did try again, but that one was botched, too. After missing on the move twice, perhaps it would have been better for Punk and Kane to call an audible and go with another move to set up the pin. …

Drew Mcintyre pulling yet another letter from Vince McMahon out of his boot and demanding that Smackdown general manager Teddy Long read it out loud was great. The letter stated that Matt Hardy had been suspended for attacking McIntyre at Over the Limit. When Hardy came out to confront McIntyre, Long called in security to hold him back. Long pleaded with Hardy to walk away, saying, "They are going to make me fire you." As Hardy began to make his way to the back, McIntyre taunted him from the ring. That was good stuff. McIntyre is playing his character well and the "Chosen One" bit is getting him heat, but if he's ever going to get over as a top-tier guy, he has to be booked as more of a threat in the ring. …

The tag team match in which The Big Show and Kofi Kingston defeated Swagger and McIntyre wasn't bad. I guess Kingston has forgiven Big Show for turning on him at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view last fall. …

Pairing up Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero could be interesting. I liked the backstage segment with her coming on to Ziggler and suggesting that she will give him preferential treatment in exchange for, well, you know. Ziggler played it perfectly, as you could see that he wasn't interested at all in her, but he understood how playing along could help his career. Hopefully, an association with Guerrero will work out better for Ziggler than it did for Eric Escobar (remember him?) …

Poor Christian. He has gone from main-eventing pay-per-views against Kurt Angle in TNA to teaming with a leprechaun in WWE. I could barely stand to watch the tag team match pitting Christian and Hornswoggle against Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero. Let's just have a nice Christian-Ziggler program and keep Hornswoggle and Guerrero as far away from them as possible. …

I was surprised that MVP was pinned by Luke Gallows, who got the win due to outside interference from the masked man (not Punk, the other masked man). That result doesn't seem to bode well as far as MVP getting a push, but perhaps it's just one part of a larger story. At least that's what I keep telling myself. …

I wish WWE would put an end to the stupid angle with Layla and Michelle McCool both holding WWE women's title belts and claiming to be co-champions. I wonder if Long will end up making them wrestle each other to determine one champion, leading to Layla doing a babyface turn.

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